Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju has allayed fears among some Kenyans saying that China has no colonial experience to take over the country.
The Cabinet Secretary without a portfolio defended China’s interests in the country saying those criticising the Asian country are only jealous.
“China has never had a colony and it has no experience to colonise other countries,” Tuju said in a video posted on Chinese media websites.
“China does not have a propaganda machine but those who are jealous are having sleepless nights to fight China in Kenya,” he said, adding: “I can’t name those countries which are jealous of China because I am a diplomat. But people know them.”
Tuju was speaking at the launch of the Sichuan and Chongqing Chamber of Commerce in Nairobi.
According to Tuju, the dissenting forces were using the media, NGOs to drive propaganda against China.
“We know those who are fighting to bring problems between China and Kenya.”
Tuju asked the Asian country to expand its activities in the country in order to take on its competitors strongly.
“Thank you very much for the investments you bring to this country. You are also our ambassadors and you can tell other investors in your country about us,” Tuju said.
China has overtaken the World Bank to become Kenya’s single largest creditor, accounting for 72 percent of the total debt owed to foreign lenders.
This has resulted in fear that China might take over strategic public entities, such as airports and ports, to recoup the public debt if Kenya fails to pay.